Product Code: 52644
The Global 3D Printing Materials Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 20% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3D printing materials market has suffered due to the the disruption in the supply chain resulting in delays of several projects. Moreover, disrupted financial flows and strict lockdowns in various countries resulting in growing absenteeism among production line workers has also affected the market adversely. Automotive designers fabricate a prototype of a physical part or assembly using 3D printing, which can range from a simple interior element to a dashboard or even a scale model of an entire car. In 2020, the COVID-19 has severely impacted the automobile sector with lockdown implemented across all countries with automotive production halted in several countries. According to OICA, global production of vehicles in the third quarter of 2020 is around 50 million a significant decrease compared to the production in the third quarter of 2019 which is around 65 million. In April, automotive production has come to a grinding halt in the United Kingdom with only 197 cars made in the whole month (a staggering drop of 99%). This pattern of production halt has also been observed in many major countries like Italy, Spain, India, etc., which has severely affected the growth of the market studied. However, the market is anticipated to recover as there is an increased demand for electric vehicles, driven mainly by government incentives and increasing environmental consciousness among the consumers. This is expected to drive the 3D printing materials market in near future.
- In the medium term, some of the major factors driving the market growth are increasing usage in various manufacturing applications, mass customization associated with 3D printing.
- On the flip side, a high capital investment requirement is likely to hinder the market's growth.
- Asia-Pacific region is dominating the market and is expected to dominate during the forecast period.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Applications in the Automotive Industry
- 3D printing materials are extensively used in the automotive industry, for the manufacturing of the scaled models, for testing. They are also used for components, such as bellows, front bumper, air conditioning ducting, suspension wishbone, dashboard interface, alternator mounting bracket, battery cover, etc. Automotive OEM manufacturers are using 3D printing materials for rapid prototyping.
- Owing to the advantages of the 3D printing process, such as low cost, less manufacturing time, reduced material wastage, etc., automotive manufacturers are moving toward the usage of this process. Some of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, such as AUDI, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Hackrod, and many others, are using these materials for the manufacturing of spare parts and metal prototypes.
- The current slowdown in global automotive production has affected the market of polyester staple fiber because of the decreased demand for automotive fibers. Additionally, the current slowdown in automotive sales in countries, such as China, is further expected to hinder the demand for 3D printing materials.
- The Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world. The industry witnessed a huge slowdown in 2018, wherein the production and sales declined. A similar trend continued in 2019, with the production witnessing a 7.5% decline. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the automotive vehicles production and sales in the year 2020 in China is amounted 25.225 million units and 25.331 million units, down by 2% and 1.9% respectively, compared to previous year.
- The COVID-19 has severely impacted the automotive sector globally, it is seen that according to OICA (International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers), global production of vehicles in the third quarter of 2020 is around 50 million a significant decrease compared to the production in the third quarter of 2019 which is around 65 million.
- However, the demand for 3D printing materials in the automotive industry is expected to grow in future.
China to Dominate the Market
- In Asia-Pacific, China is one of the fastest-growing economies globally and almost all the end-user industries have been growing, owing to the rising population, living standards, and per capita income. However, owing to the international trade turbulences and unfavorable geopolitical affairs, the growth rate is expected to slow down in the initial years of the forecast period.
- Moreover, China has become the only major economy globally to achieve positive GDP growth in 2020. According to the data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics, a 6.4% growth in GDP was recorded in Q4, 2020, which flung the annual growth for 2020 to 2.3%, despite a 6.8% contraction in the quarter ending March 2020, as China was dealing with a spike in COVID-19 cases.
- China is among the fastest-growing markets, in terms of new technologies and usage of innovative materials for construction purposes. With China's dominating role as a global construction center, the accelerated development in the 3D concrete printing sector is likely to revolutionize the traditional construction industry in the country, with applications ranging from residential buildings to monuments. The country managed to 3D print homes and other large-scale structures in 2015, making every other countries look into the possibilities for 3D printing in construction.
- The country is involved in the construction of building, offices, and bridges using the 3D printing technology. Additionally, Shanghai is the home for the longest 3D printed bridge (86 feet in length) in the world, consisting of 176 concrete units.
- Winsun, the leading company in the 3D printing construction sector in China, has been developing 3D printed houses lately in the country, in order to demonstrate the advantages of 3D concrete printing over conventional building techniques. The company constructed ten 3D printed houses in one day, at an economical scale (nearly USD 5,000 for one house).
- There are a few limitations for 3D printing in the construction sector in the country, such as lack of confidence from building developers and absence of proper regulations for the usage of this technology.
- However, with the increasing awareness regarding the new technologies and their advantages, organizations and individuals are increasingly tending toward cost saving alternatives. This, in turn, is driving the demand in the 3D concrete printing market in the country.
- In 2020, Winsun, a Shanghai-based company, built 15 quarantine wards using 3D printing technology and donated to a hospital in Hubei province for COVID-19 patients. Each ward is of an 10 square meters area, built with a base cost of around CNY 28,000.
- In the first quarter of 2020, the country witnessed a slow growth in the construction activity, due to the COVID-19 impact and lockdown. This negatively impacted the market in the first half of 2020. However, with the lifting of lockdown in April 2020, the construction activities in the country has slowly picked up pace.
- China has the world's largest automotive market in terms of production. However, the production in the country declined in the past few years but the Electric Vehicles segment is expected to increase. In April 2020, the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China has issued a notice on ways to promote financial subsidies for new electric vehicles. It stated that new EVs purchased between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022, would be exempted from vehicle purchase tax.
- Furthermore, the layer-by-layer deposition process in 3D printing allows sensors, antennas, and other functional electronics to be printed directly onto plastic components, metal surfaces, and even glass panels and ceramic materials. In the electronics segment, China generated the highest revenue globally which was around USD 173 billion, and the total revenue of the region amounted to USD 227 billion by 2019 and is expected to reach more the USD 260 billion by 2024.
- Owing to all such factors the demand in the country is expected to drive the market studied.
The 3D printing materials market is consolidated, with few players holding the major share in the market. Key players in the 3D printing materials market include Ultimaker BV, Arkema, 3D Systems, Inc., Hoganas AB, and Covestro AG, among others.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1.1 Study Assumptions
- 1.2 Scope of the Study
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4 MARKET DYNAMICS
- 4.1 Drivers
- 4.1.1 Growing Usage in Manufacturing Applications
- 4.1.2 Mass Customization Associated with 3D Printing
- 4.1.3 Government Support for Research and Development
- 4.2 Restraints
- 4.2.1 High Capital Investment Requirement
- 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to the COVID-19 Impact
- 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
- 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
- 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
- 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
- 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
- 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
- 4.4.5 Degree of Competition
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION
- 5.1 Material Type
- 5.1.1 Plastics
- 22.214.171.124 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
- 126.96.36.199 Polylactic acid (PLA)
- 188.8.131.52 Nylon
- 184.108.40.206 Polyamide
- 220.127.116.11 Polycarbonates
- 18.104.22.168 Other Plastics
- 5.1.2 Ceramics
- 5.1.3 Metals
- 5.1.4 Other Material Types
- 5.2 Form
- 5.2.1 Powder
- 5.2.2 Filament
- 5.2.3 Liquid
- 5.3 End-user Industry
- 5.3.1 Automotive
- 5.3.2 Medical
- 5.3.3 Aerospace and Defense
- 5.3.4 Consumer Electronics
- 5.3.5 Other End-user Industries
- 5.4 Geography
- 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific
- 22.214.171.124 China
- 126.96.36.199 India
- 188.8.131.52 Japan
- 184.108.40.206 South Korea
- 220.127.116.11 Singapore
- 18.104.22.168 Rest of Asia-Pacific
- 5.4.2 North America
- 22.214.171.124 United States
- 126.96.36.199 Canada
- 188.8.131.52 Mexico
- 5.4.3 Europe
- 184.108.40.206 Germany
- 220.127.116.11 United Kingdom
- 18.104.22.168 Italy
- 22.214.171.124 France
- 126.96.36.199 Russia
- 188.8.131.52 Rest of Europe
- 5.4.4 South America
- 184.108.40.206 Brazil
- 220.127.116.11 Argentina
- 18.104.22.168 Rest of South America
- 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa
- 22.214.171.124 Saudi Arabia
- 126.96.36.199 South Africa
- 188.8.131.52 Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
- 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
- 6.2 Market Share Analysis**/ Ranking Analysis
- 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
- 6.4 Company Profiles
- 6.4.1 3D Systems, Inc.
- 6.4.2 Arkema
- 6.4.3 Covestro AG
- 6.4.4 CRP TECHNOLOGY S.r.l.
- 6.4.5 CRS Holdings Inc.(LPW Technology Ltd)
- 6.4.6 ENVISIONTEC, INC.
- 6.4.7 EOS
- 6.4.8 GENERAL ELECTRIC
- 6.4.9 Hoganas AB
- 6.4.10 Sandvik AB
- 6.4.11 Solvay
- 6.4.12 Stratasys Ltd.
- 6.4.13 Ultimaker BV
7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS
- 7.1 Introduction of New Materials, like Graphene Opens-up New Applications
- 7.2 Adoption of 3D Printing Technology in Home Printing